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An Introduction to Freelance Writing Jobs


Many work at home moms engage in freelance writing jobs, and though they are not for everyone, it's a great way to earn money from home. If you're interested in writing jobs online, this information will help you decide if it's something you should pursue.


Looking for Jobs


When it comes to looking for freelance content writing jobs, there are plenty of places to look. Several websites are dedicated to helping freelancers find writing jobs online:


  • Freelance Writing Jobs is a website just for freelance writers offering job leads and business advice.
  • Craigslist is an option, but check those ads with care (nothing can verify the leads).
  • Join freelance job boards such as ifreelance, Script Lance, Rent a Coder and Get a Freelancer to search for writing jobs.


Talk to writers on the WAHM forum for help finding leads and learning about particular positions you see advertised. Anything that asks you to pay for the work is not legit.

Typical Pay Rates


Freelance writing jobs typically pay at least a penny per word, meaning a 500 word article will pay $5. This rate may seem amazing, especially for those who type fast, but when taking into consideration the research to write the article takes 30 minutes, the $5 isn't too appealing. There are some jobs that will pay less than a penny per word, and we do not advise you to go after those. Your time is valuable, and you should set your pay rates to reflect that.  Most websites and Internet marketing companies will pay around 2 cents per word, while others will pay 3 to 4 cents per word. Some sites pay a flat rate, regardless of word count. Higher pay rates are seen in the magazine market, which is harder for most people to break into.


How a Typical Assignment Works


Typically, you'll be given a topic and title, with a set of keywords to work in the article naturally as you write it. You'll be given a target word count, and possibly a style guide to work from. You'll be expected to complete the article and return it to the client via email or the writer's dashboard (if you work for a company) within a certain period of time (usually 2 to 5 business days, depending on the client).


Once you complete the assignment, it will go into editing, where it may stay for a few days (depending on the company). After editing, it will be approved for payment, which you receive on the next payment cycle. Some companies will pay right away via Paypal, while others may send you a check within a month. The payment process will vary from company to company, so make sure you are informed about the payment method before you complete an assignment.


Pros and Cons of Freelance Writing:


Freelance writing has many pros:


  • Set your own schedule.
  • Determine your own rates. If you don't want to apply for a job because the rate is too low, then you don't have to.
  • Write and learn about many different topics over the course of a week.
  • Work as much or as little as you want.
  • Several different possibilities and room for residual income.


The cons of freelance writing include:


  • Some freelance writing jobs only pay once a month, making budgets hard to make and stick to.
  • Income is never guaranteed because it's based on the amount of work you do.
  • Independent contractor status means you are responsible for your own taxes.
  • Each client may have different preferences or style guides for you to follow.


If you are a self starter and have a passion for writing, freelance writing may be suitable freelance job for you. While an English degree isn't necessary, it is important to have considerable knowledge of the English language, including grammar and spelling.

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